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Pursue your unique passion and forge your own educational path with an individualized major.

Create a degree focused on your unique vision:

  • Mix classes from our existing majors
  • Select optional internships for real-world experience
  • Receive guidance from expert advisors
  • Thrive in a community focused on personal growth

Are you a highly motivated student?

With our Individualized Major, you’ll mold classes from our existing programs along with internship options into a one-of-a-kind degree that fulfills your own personal vision.

Some Individualized Majors our students have designed include:

  • Consciousness-Based Community Development
  • Agro-ecology and Sustainability
  • Creativity for Social Change

You can also blend majors together to graduate sooner by focusing specifically on your area of interest. You’ll be guided through the major creation process by an academic advisor who will help you every step of the way. How it works ➤

After you enroll at MUM you create a written proposal summarizing your proposed major and its set of courses. Once approved, you’ll be guided through your studies by an advisor. Courses in the Individualized Major are flexible as you progress, allowing your degree to grow with your vision.

Students with a large number of transfer credits can be fast-tracked into the Individualized Major soon after arrival on campus.

See how it all connects

At MUM, you’ll take only one full-time course per month, giving you time to dive deeply into what you’re learning without the stress of balancing multiple subjects at once. Our small student-faculty ratio means you can ask questions, participate in class, and get the individualized attention you need to succeed.

At the end of your program, you’ll write a senior thesis to tie what you’ve learned together. Our unique system of Consciousness-Based education will help you connect everything you’re learning at the deepest level, seeing how it all connects and fits into your own life.

Dive within & discover yourself

As a student at MUM you’ll learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, an evidence-based technique that reduces stress, enhances creativity, and promotes clear thinking to help you learn like you never have before.

Our close-knit campus community will support your personal and academic growth, providing a positive, encouraging environment where you can become your best self.

Financial Aid is available for this program. Learn more ➤

Transcendental Meditation

All MUM students practice the Transcendental Meditation technique daily to promote creativity, enhance clear thinking, and reduce stress. Learn more ➤

Learn more about the Individualized Major

To learn more about designing your own Individualized Major please contact the program director, Professor John Collins:

Phone: (641) 472-7000 ext. 3402


“Instead of molding myself into a major, I wanted to create a major that expresses who I am…[in the Individualized Major] I’m able to pick courses that are immediately applicable, so I can start using what I learned immediately. I really appreciate that.”

— Aditi Gentsch

Individualized Major

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